Nokia launched the Beacon 3 mesh Wi-Fi router system last year which cost $199 for a single base station. The company has introduced a slightly cheaper mesh Wi-Fi system with the Beacon 1 today. It’s a budget alternative to the existing model and has a starting price of $129 for a one base station.
The Beacon 1 has support for AC1200 speeds which is slower than the Beacon 3’s AC3000 even though both have support for the 802.11ac standard. The Beacon 1 does have some new features which Nokia says will enable it to get the most out of the available bandwidth.
There’s an Intelligent Channel Selection feature which is designed to enable the Beacon 1 to choose the best channel band in order to avoid interference from other local devices. It can also identify devices on the network and optimize connections for them.
Users just have to go through the simple, app-based setup once they plug in the mesh Wi-Fi router system and should be good to go in a few minutes after taking it out of the box. The Nokia Wi-Fi app will allow them to control the various features and functions of the Beacon 1.
One single base station will be good for coverage in a space of up to 1500 sq.ft or 140m2, according to the company, you can add more units to double or triple the range.